Throughout the UK, frying pans are at the ready to celebrate this year’s pancake day. Tuesday the 25th February sees the return of pancake day, a tradition which sees families come together and go flipping mad in pursuit of achieving the perfect pancake. Aside from the pancake itself, there’s also the crucial matter of the toppings. As it’s just once a year, we’ll push the boat out and cover them in syrup, sugar, chocolate and many other tasty treats.
This day of indulgence can be difficult to navigate for those of who have been diagnosed with high cholesterol. As over half of all adults in the UK have raised cholesterol levels, we’ve looked into some hacks that will still let you enjoy pancake day.
Pharmacy2U’s perfect pancake recipe
When it comes to managing your high cholesterol the good news is that by themselves, pancakes aren’t too much of a concern. The core recipe is simply flour, eggs and milk. Despite being simple, there are a couple of tweaks which can be made to give you peace of mind.
Ingredients (makes 10 – 12)
- 50g self-raising flour
- 50g wholemeal or wholegrain flour
- 2 small eggs, separated
- 150ml skimmed milk
- In a bowl sift together both the flours, tipping anything left in the sieve back into the bowl. Then add the egg yolks with a splash of milk and stir together until it’s a thick paste. Then add in the remaining milk a little at a time to avoid a lumpy batter.
- Whisk the egg whites until they stand up in stiff peaks before folding them into the batter. Try to avoid squashing all the air out of them by doing it carefully.
- Heat up a non-stick pan over a medium heat and pour in some batter until it’s approximately 10cm across. Cook each pancake for about a minute, until the edges begin to look a little dry and you’re seeing bubbles beginning to appear on the surface. At that point, it’s time for the flip! If it’s still a bit wet on top you might want to leave it a moment longer but when it’s flipped cook the other side for a further minute. Then keep them warm while you cook the rest and serve with an appropriately healthy topping!
A guide to pancake day toppings for people with high cholesterol
The truth is that when it comes to pancakes, it’s not the pancake itself that poses the most serious health risk. Typically we’ll cover them in fatty, sugary toppings which people with high cholesterol need to be wary of. You can try fruit such as strawberries, blueberries and bananas. Low-fat yoghurt is also a great shout for those looking to avoid syrup and lemon juice is a perennial classic.